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Art Installation To Welcome Pope Francis To Philadelphia

A Philadelphia artist has been commissioned to welcome the pope with a public art display. She's reinterpreting one of the pope's favorite pieces of art: a baroque painting of the Virgin Mary.

Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club Considers Adding 1st Female Performers

Women auditioned for the Harvard musical theater group, Hasty Pudding, this weekend, which has never had a female member in the troop.

Ringo Starr Cleaning House, Will Auction Beatles 'Stuff' For Charity

The Fab Four drummer is putting an original pressing of the White Album, a guitar once owned by John Lennon and one of his own Ludwig Oyster drum kits on the block.

Drone Strike That Killed Awlaki 'Did Not Silence Him,' Journalist Says

In Operation Troy, author Scott Shane details the life, death and influence of Anwar al-Awlaki. "His status as a martyr has given his message even greater authority," Shane says of the propagandist.

Miss America Pageant Apologizes To 1983 Winner Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams was forced to resign as Miss America in 1984 after nude photos of her were published in a magazine.

Nintendo's Super Mario Turns 30

The game's concept and graphics were simple. The gameplay was habit-forming. And Nintendo's mustachioed, overalls-wearing plumber Mario became a global icon.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 14, 2015

You can start your week with folk music at a D.C. venue or check out an exhibit featuring work by African American and African Diasporic artists.


Joyce Carol Oates' Memoir Revisits The Farm And The Family That Shaped Her

Oates grew up on a farm in upstate New York. In The Lost Landscape, she describes how her parents, her grandmother, and her school experiences made her into the writer she is today.

Like A 'Hall Of Mirrors,' TV Duo Dance With Selves On Other Side Of Screen

Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells are best friends and British actresses — who also happen to play best friends and British actresses on TV. In Doll & Em, the meta experiment gets a bit out of hand.

In 'Gamelife,' A Portrait Of The Writer As A Young Role-Player

Michael W. Clune spent much of his childhood alone — just him and his 8-bit computer. But, as he writes in his new memoir, playing text adventures and role-playing games helped prepare him for life.